The Writing Process Blog Tour
- A novel set in the Middle East and Oklahoma in 1913-1917, & 2011 with a Choctaw protagonist, or two.
- A chapbook of poems on Mary Todd Lincoln.
- A new play co-authored with actress and playwright Monique Mojica titled, Sideshow Freaks and Circus Injuns. (In rehearsals this summer in Toronto, Ontario.)
- A couple of scholarly books.
- That’s hard to say because I write in different genres. The novel I’m working on is composed of many different genres woven together. In a way its a continuation of the work I began in Miko Kings: An American Indian Baseball Story, 2007, Auntlute.com.
- I’m afraid I can’t do anything else.
- Well, there are a couple of other things I can do.
- Maybe I would rather live inside of books. See the above paragraph.
- Seriously, I began writing about Choctaws because I am Choctaw and so few were writing fiction and poetry about our tribe. Happily that has changed. And as an artist I have changed too, and my writing is developing in new directions that I could not have imagined even five years ago.
- The story tells me what I’m working on. I let the voice develop the form I’m writing. Sometimes it’s only a line that I begin with, and frequently I don’t know what I’m working on until the body begins to take shape. I also think I become a new writer with each book I finish.
Up Next is the Fabulous Heid Erdrich
Here’s another book that sits on my taxicab-yellow bar. I frequently grab Cell Traffic, 2012, first thing in the morning for an eye-opener. This amazing book gets me off to work and I teach it in my classes. Heid and I have been friends for many years even after the time I nearly ran her down in the middle of the street in Austin, Texas, sometime after 1 am. We were in Austin for the AWP conference and I was driving my brother’s big old Ford truck and couldn’t find the brake pedal as quickly as I would have liked. Whew, was that a close call.
Now for the serious stuff: Heid E. Erdrich is also the author of National Monuments which won a Minnesota Book Award in 2009. Her new non-fiction book is Original Local: Indigenous Foods Stories and Recipes from the Upper Midwest, 2013. Heid is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She engages the world in many forms, most recently through short poem films which you can see at heiderdrich.com.